Saturday, October 01, 2016

Searching for Yarn in Georgia

When we travel, our focus is usually wine and local wool. Georgia did not disappoint on either, but the wool search went an unexpected direction.

I found a few skeins of knitting wool, but it was very rough and rustic. Then I learned about felt products from Georgia. The wool is perfect for felting.

Very warm and sturdy felt slippers.
Socks, also heavy and sturdy. Most socks were simply striped;
these were more colorful.
My new felted shawl.
A beautiful marble rendition of a linen drape on a tomb
at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta.
Then we visited the Nukriani community union in Kakheti. One of the projects is training women (mostly) in the arts of quilting, felting, and other traditional crafts. The members create and sell beautiful objects, such as those below. All of the felt is made by hand.

Nukriani figures.
Making a felted flower.
Felt flower pins.
Wall hanging with Georgian sun symbols.
My experiences have been that fiber people, like wine people, are generous and delighted to talk about their art.

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